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Topic - Carlos T. Bea
A federal appeals court ruled Monday that Arizona overstepped its bounds with last year's immigration enforcement law, handing the Obama administration another victory as it tries to squelch states' efforts on immigration enforcement.
"The majority misreads the meaning of the relevant federal statutes to ignore what is plain in the statutes - Congress intended state and local police officers to participate in the enforcement of federal immigration law," Judge Bea wrote.
Judge Bea said the majority's opinion made attacks on the state law that even the government didn't make in its case, and said far from intending to prevent states from acting on immigration, Congress at times invites the help.